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Order of Business Thursday 25th June 1998

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Notes:
* Indicates a question for oral answer.
[R] indicates that the Member has declared a relevant interest.
Questions for oral answer not reached receive a written answer.
Supplementary questions will also be asked. Other Ministers may also answer.

+ Indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.
++ These are ordinary written questions of which no previous notice has been given. For other questions for written answer today see the 'Order Book'.


At 2.30 p.m.Prayers
At 2.35 p.m. 
Private Business
 
Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
 
Third Reading
 
Lloyds TSB Bill (Lords). (By Order.)
    Mr Peter Brooke
    Mr Jim Cousins
    Mr David Davis
    Mr Geoffrey
    Clifton-Brown
    Mr David Chaytor
        On Third Reading of the Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords], to move, That the Bill be read the third time upon this day six months.

At 2.35 p.m. 
Oral Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
*1 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    When he last met the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss inflation targets.
(46147)
*2 Joan Ryan (Enfield North):    If he will make a statement on the representations he has received on his plans to reform employees' national insurance contributions.
(46148)
*3 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    When he expects to complete his review of charities taxation.
(46149)
*4 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    What progress he has made in securing international commitment to the Mauritius mandate targets.
(46150)
*5 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    When he expects to announce the results of the comprehensive spending review.
(46151)
*6 Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    If he will make a statement on the representations he has received on his plans to reform employees' national insurance contributions.
(46152)
*7 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    Under what circumstances he would be advised by Customs and Excise officers of an intention to prosecute for breach of United Nations sanctions, or an Order in Council, on arms sales.
(46153)
*8 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    If he will make a statement on his policy on encouraging more people to save.
(46154)
*9 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement on the taxation of casinos.
(46155)
*10 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    What the implications are of the proposals set out in his oral statement of 11th June, Official Report, columns 1195-1201, for expenditure on health services over the next three years.
(46157)
*11 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What representations he has received regarding the taxation of charities.
(46158)
*12 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What steps his Department has taken to resolve the millennium bug computer problem.
(46159)
*13 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    What recent representations he has received on his decision to introduce a working families tax credit.
(46160)
*14 Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    What assessment he has made of the gender impact of the range of goods and services which are subject to VAT; and if he will make a statement.
(46161)
*15 Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    If he will make a statement on progress with the review of cross-border shopping and smuggling of alcohol and tobacco announced in his Budget of July 1997.
(46162)
*16 Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    What progress he has made in helping reduce the burden of debt of the world's most impoverished countries.
(46163)
*17 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    How many representations he has received regarding his forecasts for the tax burden.
(46165)
*18 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What are his objectives for the level of public debt in the long term.
(46166)
*19 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    If he will make a statement on his Department's forecast for the future tax burden.
(46167)
*20 Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East):    What representations he has received from retailers on the Government's policy on economic and monetary union.
(46168)
*21 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    When he last met pensioner organisations to discuss the effect on pensions of his fiscal policy; and if he will made a statement.
(46169)
*22 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    If he will make a statement on the preparations he is making for the introduction of a single currency.
(46170)
*23 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    If he will make a statement on the preparations he is making for the introduction of a single currency.
(46172)
*24 Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    When he last discussed tax harmonisation with fellow members of ECOFIN; and if he will make a statement:
(46174)
*25 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    When he expects to have completed the review of taxation of offshore oil and gas production:
(46175)
*26 Mr John Hutton (Barrow and Furness):    What measures he is taking to increase the financial incentive to work.
(46176)
*27 Mr Nigel Beard (Bexleyheath and Crayford):    If he will make a statement on the likely impact of the Asian financial crisis on his forecasts for the UK and other European Union economies.
(46178)
*28 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    What measures he is taking to increase longer-term stability and consistency in public spending.
(46179)
*29 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What recent representations he has received on his latest inflation forecasts.
(46180)
*30 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    When he will next meet the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss inflation targets.
(46181)
*31 Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    What representations he has received from the charitable sector regarding the foreign earnings deduction.
(46182)
*32 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    If he will make a statement on the impact of the working families tax credit on low-paid families.
(46183)
*33 Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    What action he is taking to counter smuggling.
(46185)
*34 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    What is the cost to public funds of the Captain Euro campaign.
(46186)

At 3.30 p.m.Private Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)


Main Business
1   OPPOSITION DAY [14th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
   SITTING ON FRIDAY 3RD JULY╠
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Matthew Taylor
Mr John Burnett
Dr Jenny Tonge
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        That this House supports the Energy Efficiency Bill and the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill, as amended and properly scrutinised in Standing Committee; trusts that they can now complete all remaining stages on Friday 3rd July; and urges the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons to re-examine the procedure for Private Members' Bills.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr Paddy Ashdown's proposed Motion (Sitting on Friday 3rd July):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mrs Ann Taylor
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
 
        Line 1, leave out from `That' to end and add `this House notes that the Government has expressed its support for the Energy Efficiency Bill and the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill, both balloted Private Members' bills, which were read a second time on 6th February and 23rd January, respectively; believes that the existing procedure and time available for Private Members' bills should not be altered in respect of individual bills after balloted bills have been introduced; and considers that any proposals for change in the procedure for such bills should be examined after the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons has reported on this subject.'.
   GOVERNMENT STRATEGY FOR SOCIAL WELFARE
 Mr John Swinney
Mrs Margaret Ewing
Mr Alex Salmond
Mr Andrew Welsh
Ms Roseanna Cunningham
Mr Alasdair Morgan
 
        That this House notes that Britain spends less on welfare as a percentage of GDP than many of its European partners; believes that economic growth and enterprise must be matched by policies designed to promote equality and social justice, and in this light expresses concern over the Government's recent actions in respect of benefits for single parents and claimants of disability living allowance; and calls on the Government to ensure that any further reform of the welfare system focuses on the needs of the most vulnerable in society rather than the demands of the Treasury and is neither discriminatory, economically inept, morally repugnant or spiritually bereft.
 
        As Amendments to Mr John Swinney's proposed Motion (Government Strategy for Social Welfare):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Mr Secretary Dewar
Secretary Harriet Harman
 
        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's comprehensive approach to welfare reform around the principle of work for those who can, security for those who cannot, which was set out in the Welfare Reform Green Paper; notes the Government's commitment to consultation with organisations of, and for, disabled people, and the substantial safeguards included in the Benefit Integrity Project; notes the Government's commitment to helping today's and tomorrow's pensioners and welcomes the establishment of the Pensions Review and the action taken already to help today's pensioners through cutting VAT on fuel and paying winter fuel payments to all pensioners; notes that the New Deals for Lone Parents, for the Young and Long-Term Unemployed and for Disabled People are the largest assault on worklessness and social exclusion ever undertaken in Britain; and welcomes the action taken by the Government in the Budget to support families and children through increasing child benefit and the family premium in income support and by the proposals to introduce a working family tax credit and a disabled person's tax credit.'.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr James Wallace
Mr Archy Kirkwood
Mr Menzies Campbell
Mr David Rendel
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        Line 9, at end add `but regrets the complete absence of any detailed, constructive policies from the Scottish National Party to remedy any of the foregoing criticisms.'.
        The Opposition Day is at the disposal of the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party (Standing Order No. 14(2)).
        The selection of the second matter to be debated this day has been made by the Scottish National Party.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
2   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Environmental protection for the Forest of Dean (Mrs Diana Organ).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
STANDING COMMITTEES
1   Standing Committee G 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Competition Bill [Lords].
2   Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 10.30 a.m. Room 11 (public)
        To consider the draft Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 1998.
SELECT COMMITTEES
3   Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee 10.00 a.m. Room 7 (private)
4   Treasury Sub-Committee 10.15 a.m. Room 8 (private)
5   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Financial Services Authority (FSA).
        Witnesses: The Independent Financial Advisers Association (IFAA); The Life Assurance Association (LIA) (at 11.15 a.m.); The Consumers Association (at 11.45 a.m.).
6   Liaison 11.00 a.m. Room 13 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 24th June for answer today++
1  
  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when Her Majesty's Government will announce its proposals for modernising rights of audience in the higher courts.
(47896)
2  
  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the outcome of the most recent meeting of the Standing Committee on preparations for EMU; and what preparations have been made by public authorities to prepare for the launch of the euro in other member states on 1st January 1999.
(47897)
3  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the reports of the two reviews on private sector prisons which he announced on 19th June 1997, Official Report, columns 247-9.
(47898)
4  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he expects to announce details of the additional funding for rural transport announced in the Budget.
(47899)
5  
  
Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in reducing the risk of the spread of communicable diseases in prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(47900)
6  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement about the outcome of his review of major events listed under Part IV of the Broadcasting Act 1996.
(47969)
7  
  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what response he has received to the consultation paper Opening Up Quangos; and if he will make a statement.
(48002)
8  
  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will be able to publish the report of his official group on organophosphorus products; and if he will make a statement.
(48003)
9  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the key targets for 1998-99 for the Chief Executive of Service Children's Education.
(48004)
10  
  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Defence Agency for 1998-99.
(48024)

Standing Committee Notices
    The Northern Ireland Grand Committee will meet on Thursday 2nd July at 10.00 a.m. to consider the draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Order 1998.
    The Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 1st July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Oman) Order 1998, the draft Double Taxation Relief (Air Transport) (Hong Kong) Order 1998 and the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Kazakhstan) Order 1998.
    The Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 1st July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Export and Investment Guarantees (Limit on Foreign Currency Commitments) Order 1998.
    The Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 2nd July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.

 
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